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The Herff College of Engineering is committed to providing service and participating in community outreach activities.  Many of these outreach programs are aimed at inspiring pre-college students to pursue careers in engineering.  Recruiting the next generation of engineers at a young age is crucial to the future of engineering.  Some of the outreach programs that have been offered by the college include:

Canstruction LogoCanstruction┬« combines the competitive spirit of a design/build competition with a unique way to help feed hungry people. Canstruction Competing teams of high school students showcased their talents by designing sculptures made entirely out of canned foods.  At the conclusion of the exhibit, all of the food was donated to the Memphis Food Bank.

Since 2007, this competition has raised more than 50,000 pounds of food for the Mid-South Food Bank, which is equivalent to over 40,000 meals for people in need in the area.


Girls Experiencing Engineering (GEE) is a summer program designed to encourage more young women to become engineers, sponsored by the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis. Currently, women make up only 11 percent of the country's engineers and only 20 percent of undergraduate engineering students.

Through hands-on projects, middle- and high-school girls discover what engineers do and how skills like creative thinking, problem-solving and communication can contribute to their future success.  Practicing women engineers also participate in the program, sharing information about their educational paths and careers.

E-Day Open House is held each Fall. Biomedical Engineering DemonstrationDuring E-Day, the Herff College of Engineering opens its doors to middle and high school students and the community, where displays, demonstrations, lab tours, competitions and more reveal the wide world of engineering.

Make plans to join us for Engineering Open House E-Day 2014!

TEAMS Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science.  The Herff College of Engineering is one of 100 colleges and universities nationwide that locally host this annual competition.  This fun and real-life engineering challenge for the adventurous is an annual, one-day competition where groups of high school students nationwide synthesize key concepts in math, science, and physics and apply them to solve real-world engineering problems.  Sponsored by the Junior Engineering Technical Society, JETS. 


TRECTransportation Engineering Career (TREC) is an interactive, fast-paced program designed to inform participants of career opportunities in the transportation engineering field, as well as to give them hands on experience with practical problems transportation engineers face daily.  The program will cover transportation engineering fundamentals, with particular emphasis on sustainable practice and design.  Participants will meet transportation professionals, tour transportation facilities, and will participate in activities designed to demonstrate how transportation engineers make a difference in our communities.  Join us for an exciting exploration of career possibilities in transportation engineering!

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Dr. Erno Lindner

Dr. Erno Lindner, R. Eugene Smith Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has been selected as the recipient of the 2010 Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award at the University of Memphis.

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